Los Lobos
Gates of Gold
Released September 25, 2015
 
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"Gates Of Gold, the group's first album of new material in five years, practically bursts with the spirit of exploration that has marked Los Lobos' best work over the years. Musically and culturally, the band speaks to its audience in a way few others have or could." NPR

“not only are Los Lobos still together, they're playing with the strength, fire, and imagination that have made them one of America's truly great rock & roll bands.” Allmusic

“At times highly inventive and at others straight-ahead, these extraordinary writers, players and singers hold tight to tradition, but have no fear. Long ago they could lay claim to their own kind of “Los Lobos Music.” At this point, at these naughtily-heavenly Gates of Gold, they define that sound perfectly. So, that’s what it is about Los Lobos: highly recommended for the head, hands, feet, and heart.” Elmore

"Now more than 40 years and 20 albums removed from their garage-rock roots in East LA, Los Lobos still manage to sound like a hungry band with something to prove. Gates Of Gold ripples with the confidence and worldliness of maturity without ever crossing into by-the-numbers territory. No denying that to this day, Los Lobos are making music with a fervor and vibrancy that only strengthens their place in the rock pantheon." Relix

"Los Lobos, as always bring a great deal of musical prowess to the table. They are able to sound like a different band on just about every song, and that wide sonic net has always been their greatest asset. At their core, they deliver a timeless mix of rock and blues, but you get the feeling that David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas could probably sing in just about any style if given the chance." ABC News

“One of the best records of 2015, hands down.” No Depression

“Los Lobos’ brilliant new album, Gates of Gold (released Sept. 25 on 429 Records), speaks volumes toward defining how America’s complex roots music culture feeds into the backbone of our national identity. It is possibly their best since 1992’s Kiko, and it reflects our national presumption of exceptionalism. Indeed, few American music groups embody “American exceptionalism” – in the best sense of that fraught term – more than Los Lobos. All its longtime members are second-generation Americans. Without the 14th amendment, enacted in 1865 to guarantee birthright citizenship, there might never have been a Los Lobos. Luckily, the promise of America has granted us their artistic legacy and their centrality to American culture.” No Depression

 

Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut How Will The Wolf Survive? in 1984.

Although the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band—David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin—saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots. Perez, the band’s drummer, once called their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music “the soundtrack of the barrio.” Three decades, two more Grammys, a worldwide smash single (“La Bamba”) and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving quite well -- and still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in that garage in 1973.

Gates of Gold, the band’s new studio album on Savoy / 429 Records, their first in five years,  is an American saga in the rich literary tradition of Steinbeck or Faulkner.  Uplifting, hopeful and whimsical, the music touches their diverse musical potpourri,  evidenced by the title track, “Mis-Treater Boogie Blues,”  “Poquito Para Aqui.”

Produced by Los Lobos, Gates of Gold  will be released on September 25th,  the night the band will perform at The Beacon Theater in New York City’s Upper West Side.  A full national tour will be underway with stops in LA, San Francisco, Chicago, and Nashville.

Gates of Gold follows Disconnected In New York City, a dynamic live album that marked the band’s 40th anniversary and launched their new association with 429 Records.

   
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